Our project for 2009 is the historic Continental Congress initiative. In November 2009, delegates of the People from each state will convene to formally record for the People, the Constitutional violations and deprivations of fundamental Rights they have suffered over the last decades. The Delegates will then debate and decide upon a course of action the People will take to peacefully restore Constitutional Order and reclaim their Liberty. Click on the CC2009 logo for more information.
Below are some of the other major projects the WTP organization has championed over the
past decade in the defense of the Constitution.
On July 1and 2, 1999, we launched our Legality-of-Income-Tax project to get the federal government to respond to the petitions for a redress of grievances related to the allegedly fraudulent and illegal income tax system. We sponsored four conferences at the National Press Club in Washington DC. However, it was not until after we publicized the evidence in four editions of USA TODAY, assembled a delegation of hundreds of people from all over the country for a "walk-around" the IRS headquarters building and Bob Schulz embarked on a hunger fast that the government finally agreed to respond to our petition.
The citizens' truth-in-taxation hearing is now scheduled for February 27 and 28, 2002, on Capitol Hill. Our educational activities in this regard are having a significant impact. We are witnessing a growing call, in and out of Congress, for an end to the federal income tax.
On July 1, 2001, Bob Schulz began a hunger fast in defense of his essential right to petition the government for a redress of grievances (and government's obligation to answer). He said he would continue the fast until he died or until the federal government agreed to send its experts to meet with researchers from the people's tax honesty movement, in a public forum, to answer questions raised by those researchers - questions which challenge the legal authority of the IRS to force employers to withhold the income tax from the paychecks of their employees or to force most Americans to file a tax return and to pay the tax.
On July 20, 2001, the government agreed to answer the questions in a public forum and Bob ended his fast.
The "Citizens'-Truth-In-Taxation" hearing was scheduled for September 25 and 26, 2001. However, due to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and on the Pentagon in Washington DC, the hearing was rescheduled for February 27 and 28, 2002.
Bob's action came as a result of the government's continued evasion of formal and public petitions for a redress of grievances relating to the allegations of the fraudulent and illegal operations of the income tax system.
The well researched and documented legal allegations by citizens comprising what has become known as the "tax honesty movement" include the following:
On Thursday, June 29, 2000,
We the People Foundation for
Constitutional Education Inc. held the fourth Washington, DC
conference at the National Press Club on the question of the legality of
the income tax. The Conference was preceded by two full-page
center-spread ads in the Washington Times (19 - 25 JUNE and 26 JUNE - 2
A conference highlight was the luncheon speech by America's top money attorney, Edwin Vieira Jr., who provided the most profound comments of the day, including his call for a "Blue Ribbon," high-profile Citizens' Constitutional Investigatory Commission, to investigate four issues: 1) was the 16th amendment validly ratified?; 2) if not, is the federal income tax a direct tax or an indirect tax?; 3) because labor creates the tax, is the income tax slavery?; and 4) if the tax is a direct tax -- a badge of slavery -- then why have the charges regarding the 16th amendment been ignored? The Citizens' Commission would operate without any government assistance. It would hold public hearings and publish its findings. Edwin Vierra finished first in his class at Harvard Law School. His specialty is constitutional law. He is an expert on the federal monetary system and the Federal Reserve System. He is the author of PIECES OF EIGHT: THE MONETARY POWERS AND DISABILITIES OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION (1983). He is rumored to be the author of CRA$HMAKERS, which was published in 2000.
We are preparing a memorandum in which we will address issues related to the start-up of the Commission. We will post the memorandum as soon as possible.
On November 12, 2001, the We The People Foundation launched "Operation Enduring Patriotism", to require the teaching in the nation's schools of the history, meaning, effect and significance of every provision of the Declaration of Independence, the federal constitution and the state constitutions.
Operation Enduring Patriotism is a citizens' initiative for actions by the states.
At the heart of this initiative is a proposed model statute to be adopted by each state. Click here to view a copy of the proposed state statute, "An Act for Enduring Patriotism." The purpose of Operation Enduring Patriotism is to have the statute passed into law in each of the fifty states.
Patriotism needs to be more than "flag deep" if the great American experiment in self-government is to endure.
Founder George Mason said, "No free government, or the blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people, but by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
A FREE live web cast of the event was available from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST on the home page of the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, www.givemeliberty.org. (Webcast uses Windows Media). The web cast will remain available on the site until May 12, 2002.
We had an impressive array of speakers on hand to support Operation Enduring Patriotism, including Dr. Alan Keyes, a 12-year old columnist from Oklahoma, a 14-year old eighth grade social studies student and her teacher from North Carolina, a (home schooling) mother of twelve from Utah and General Raymond Davis (USMC, Retired), America's most decorated living veteran.
We have prepared a Compact Disc, which includes: a movie of each of the speeches; a copy of the draft Act for Enduring Patriotism; a compilation of historic documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (The Declaration of Independence, The History of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The First Ten Amendments, The Preamble to the Bill of Rights, an article on the Bill of Rights, and an article entitled "A More Perfect Union); a published article by Alan Keyes entitled "Why the Declaration Matters"; the articles on Operation Enduring Patriotism that appeared in the Weekly Standard (November 15, 2001) and NewsMax.com (November 13, 2001); a copy of the speech given on November 12th at the National Press Club by Kyle Williams, as published in WorldNetDaily; a compilation of educational articles ("Bush brings back the pledge," Forbes, November 5, 2001; the President's "Character Counts" proclamation, issued October 21, 2001; "Court rejects appeal of Virginia's 'moment of silence'," Boston Globe, October 30, 2001; an essay on the history and meaning of conservative political philosophy by Chuck Baldwin, August 21, 2001); and much more. Concerned citizens from each state are volunteering to deliver a copy of the model statute and the Compact Disc to a member(s) of their state legislature and to obtain a commitment from the legislator(s) to introduce the bill in their state legislature. We believe it would be very helpful if people would deliver a copy of the Compact Disc to their print and broadcast media outlets, educators and other individuals and organizations that might have some positive influence on the process of adopting the draft Act for Enduring Patriotism. To obtain a copy of the Compact Disc, click here.
Click here for information on current developments and state-by-state status reports or to volunteer.
We strongly believe this is an initiative that all organizations concerned with unalienable rights and liberties should co-sponsor. We encourage members of such organizations to bring this important initiative to the attention of their organizations.
Those able to make a donation to help us cover the costs of Operation Enduring Patriotism should click here. Donations may be made securely on-line, or by check or money order.
Click here for a chronological presentation of all articles which have been posted on this web site related to the Foundation's Operation Enduring Patriotism educational project.
There exists an overwhelming need for coalition building to channel the energy of the many individual patriots and organizations concerned about our loss of freedoms and erosion of liberties. Only by working together and channeling that energy can concerned citizens expect to develop the thrust required to institutionalize citizen vigilance and to effectively protect, preserve and enhance our rights, liberties and freedoms.
The Foundation has taken the necessary steps to reconstitute its Board of Directors to broaden its geographic representation and to add individuals with particular knowledge about particular unalienable rights -- individuals who are positioned to help bring the Foundation and its activities to the attention of thousands of citizens who might otherwise never hear about the Foundation, and to bring to our attention their ideas regarding what needs to be done to protect, preserve and enhance liberty in general, and specifically the essential right(s) of primary interest to them.
Not to be presumptuous, but because no one else appears to be taking the lead, we are making arrangements for a pow wow, to involve the vast array of organizations now interested in defending one provision of the constitution or another, in a discussion about the need for collective action.
While we have been active, change is required in the way we have been going about our mission. More attention needs to be directed toward the objective of institutionalizing civic education and citizen vigilance. We need to strengthen the overall organization. We need to train citizen-centurions to be leaders at the neighborhood, town, county, district, regional and state levels with the dual responsibility of (a), informing the people about the history, meaning, effect and significance of the essential principles of our federal and state constitutional republics and (b), analyzing and comparing the behavior of government with the requirements of our constitutions and confronting unconstitutional behavior whenever and wherever it is found. We need a staff, including a few young attorneys and support personnel, located at a "headquarters" in every state, to guide and coordinate the activities of those leaders in the field. We need to provide some form of compensation to them all, and a system of accountability. All of this is necessary if we expect the Foundation to be effective and to have the needed "staying power."
The Foundation has embarked on Operation Continuing Vigilance to make citizen vigilance of governmental behavior a significant factor in America.
At the heart of the Operation is the creation of a nationwide network of alertly watchful citizens charged with guarding our rights and educating others about our essential principles. Each will be responsible for informing the people in their region about matters relating to our founding documents. Each will be accountable for periodically reporting on governmental activity within their region, which they suspect is repugnant to one or more provisions of the state and/or federal constitutions. Each will be accountable for recommending to his or her "superior" what action, if any, ought to taken to confront any alleged governmental wrongdoing.
We invite all ordinary, nonaligned citizen-taxpayers who are interested in becoming part of that network to notify us of their interest. For more information, click here.
Testing the attitude of the judiciary regarding alleged unconstitutional behavior by anyone wielding governmental power is one very effective approach to educating the people about the constitutions and constitutional law.
Scrutinizing governmental behavior, comparing that behavior with the requirements of the constitution and the law and filing a complaint in state or federal court for a redress of grievances can be very educational, assuming there is an organized public information and education program in place. First, the people are informed of the facts. Then the people are informed of the prohibitions and restrictions of the constitutions and/or the statutes (usually, something they were never educated about), then the people are informed about the arguments the government uses in its defense, then the people get to see the quality of the judge who must issue a decision in the case, then the people get to see the quality of the judges in the appeals courts.
The Foundation intends to establish a "Monticello Institute" in each state, to manage the activities of Operation Continuing Vigilance. Each Institute will be funded by donations from people within that state. Each Institute would hire a manager, staff attorneys and the necessary support personnel. Each Institute would manage the flow of educational information through our personnel in the field to the people, and each Institute would evaluate the recommendations coming to it from the people through our field personnel regarding what ought to be done about alleged governmental wrongdoing, including unjust and uncivil laws and behavior. Each Institute can be expected to receive many recommendations to pursue governmental reform through the legal process. Each Institute would be built to the same architectural design, both exterior and interior, to resemble Jefferson's home at Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Just as people driving past the various state capitols with their distinctive domes come to know those buildings as the places where government is watching the people, we hope the day will soon arrive when people driving by each Monticello Institute would immediately recognize it as the place where the people are watching the government.
Since 1998, Foundation people have filed many petitions with the judiciary for redress of grievances, with varying degrees of success. Here is a sample of the complaints:
Much, much more needs to be done. Government at every level is now routinely stepping outside the boundaries we the people have drawn around its power by written constitutions, state and federal. More and more, the government is behaving as though the constitutions are quaint anachronisms, believing that there are no unalienable rights and that government today needs to be less restrained so that it can "do more good for the people."